Can I come back to campus?
Students will be able to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. However, if social distancing requirements are once again introduced, the University will respond as needed. This means that you could be given the choice to return home (if possible) or be asked to learn remotely from your residence hall.
In addition to washing hands frequently, are there preventative steps I can take to help keep campus safe and open?
Follow University Protocols and guidelines outlined in the MTU Flex Return to Campus Three-Step Plan. Goals for Steps One and Two include requiring everyone on campus to wear face coverings when indoors and to maintain a six-foot distance from others at all times, both indoors and outdoors. Watch for posters, floor markings, and other signs to help you remember to do your part. MTU Flex is flexible—so we'll dial forward or back between steps as needed.
Where do I need to wear a face covering on campus?
During Step Two, students and employees who are able to medically tolerate wearing a face covering must wear one all times inside campus buildings, except when they are alone in their room or office with the door closed. Face coverings are required in restrooms, in hallways, and during all indoor classes, labs, meetings and group gatherings.
Face coverings are not needed outdoors as long as everyone is able to stay six feet apart. If six feet of distance cannot be maintained during outdoor meetings or gatherings, face coverings must be worn.
What should I do if someone on campus is not following face covering requirements?
Not everyone is able to medically tolerate face coverings, and we ask you to always assume the best of people. And, please remember that face coverings do not have to be a mask—buffs, gaitors, bandannas, and similar face coverings are permitted.
If you have concerns regarding ongoing interactions with an employee not in compliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report any chronic concerns regarding students to the Dean of Students office at email@example.com.
How do I request a COVID-19 High Risk Accommodation?
Accommodations will be provided for students and employees identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who are caring for someone at risk, as requested.
To request a COVID-19 High Risk Accommodation, or an accommodation for any other reason (e.g., medically unable to wear a face covering):
Will MTU Flex be accessible for students with disabilities?
Yes. Student Disability Services will be able to provide virtual support and resources. Students do not need to have documentation of a disability to meet with the coordinator. Incoming students should make a virtual appointment as early as possible in their first semester.
I'm an international graduate student, what does this mean for me?
International Programs and Services (IPS) can give you helpful information about the international student experience at Michigan Tech, and also has a list of frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may affect international students.
For specific questions regarding immigration, visa interviews, and travel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check the US Department of State website for the latest on visa application, wait times, and other announcements.
Cleaning and Maintenance
How will classrooms be cleaned?
Michigan Tech will use disinfectants approved to kill SARS-CoV-2 by the EPA. When we return to face-to-face teaching, classrooms will be cleaned daily, and instructional personnel will be asked to use sanitizing wipes on any shared classroom equipment such as computer keyboards, mice, and document cameras before and after each use. High-frequency touchpoints will be wiped on a regular basis throughout the day, but users should always treat these touchpoints as having the potential for harboring the virus and take steps to protect themselves.
How often will bathrooms be cleaned in academic buildings and residence halls?
Bathrooms in academic and administrative buildings will be cleaned once a day, five days per week, which has been our usual schedule during non-pandemic times. Bathrooms in the residence halls will be cleaned twice a day, seven days per week, which is a higher frequency as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA).
How will doorknobs, water fountains, and other high-contact areas be cleaned?
A specific plan will be put in place for public spaces, water fountains, and other high-contact areas. Building custodians will be sanitizing high-frequency touchpoints such as water fountains, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, and handles more frequently.
Events and Activities
I want to be involved in student leadership. How will MTU Flex impact student leadership opportunities this fall?
Leadership Opportunities will continue to be numerous at Michigan Tech. The HuskyLEAD program will offer virtual workshops throughout the semester to enhance students' leadership skills, and Undergraduate Student Government liaisons, advisors, and student reps will continue their work whether Huskies are on campus or remote.
What about campus events and social life?
We've already started offering exciting interactive events, including our 20th annual Design Expo competition for undergraduate engineering projects and the Spring 2020 graduation celebration. We'll continue to bring Huskies together in fall 2020, whether in person or virtually. Every one of our 244 registered student organizations, as well as our fraternities and sororities, will put their own spin on MTU Flex. And as always, students will continue to come together for spontaneous online events, including Virtual Trivia Nights and poetry readings.
What about athletics?
Decisions about athletic seasons are developing. If you have an athletic scholarship, reach out to your program director for information specific to your situation.
Can my group get together on campus?
Groups gatherings are allowed under Step Two as long as they do not exceed attendance limits. The limit for indoor gatherings is 50 people, and the limit for outdoor gatherings is 150 people.
All group members must maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others when gathering, whether the group is meeting indoors or outdoors. If the gathering takes place inside a campus building, face coverings must be worn. Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus, unless group members are not able to maintain six feet of distance.
What academic support services are available if I'm not on campus?
All Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success staff members are available virtually to support students and their families with the transition to University life and the navigation of its many challenges and opportunities.
Virtual appointments with Academic Success Coaches are available to help you with time management, study skills, and skills and habits that support academic success.
The Excelling the Student Experience of Learning (ExSEL) Program offers academic support through services including: Frameworks for Success (UN 1000) course, peer mentoring, one-on-one staff support, academic progress monitoring, and campus resource referrals.
Husky Hour Workshops are available virtually through Zoom to help you develop good academic, wellness, and mental health skills. These workshops are designed to help you find success and enjoy your time more thoroughly during your years at Michigan Tech.
Are health and wellness services available?
Can I continue appointments with Counseling Services if I'm learning remotely?
Yes. Counseling Services staff are available through online video conferencing platforms and over the phone for Michigan residents. If you reside elsewhere, staff can help identify mental health providers in your area. To schedule a virtual appointment, please contact Counseling Services at email@example.com or 906-487-2538.
Will I still be able to connect with a peer mentor?
Yes, peer mentoring services will be offered virtually.
The Husky Connect peer-to-peer mentoring program provided by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion will continue to support incoming, underrepresented minority students, including domestic ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ students, and women.
ExSEL Peer Mentors will still meet weekly online with new students who are enrolled in the ExSEL program. It is the peer mentor's goal to support new students both socially and academically during their first year at Michigan Tech.
Will I be able to access Career Services?
Yes. All services provided by Career Services are available virtually and staff are eager to connect with you.